Freelance Writing Business

  • Quick Tip: Sort and Filter for Easier Email Management

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 30, 2015
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    A frequent productivity complaint of writers is that social media can become a big distraction from their writing. That hasn't been an issue for me recently. But something else has: email. Today is my first day back to work after about a week off. It wasn't planned time off. I simply decided to take some personal time, after clearing up […]
  • A Writers Worth Month Round-up

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 1, 2015
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    Did you miss any of last month's Writers Worth Month posts over on Lori Widmer's Words on the Page blog? No worries. You can find links to all posts in the series below. Check out Lori's site in general. She offers great advice to newer writers all year long. I'm a particular fan of her "This Job, Not That Job" […]
  • Quick Tip: Your Freelance Writer Website is for Clients, Not You

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 19, 2015
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    When a client visits your professional website, are they getting the information they want and need? Are benefits of hiring you, as opposed to your competition, clear? Do they leave with enough information to make a hiring decision, or at least feel inclined to contact you? An effective freelance writer website should do those things. Does yours? I previously announced […]
  • Publication Rights for Freelance Article Writers (Infographic)

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 17, 2015
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    This week's "short share" is an infographic from Brian Scott and FreelanceWriting.com. It presents common examples of publication rights freelance writers might come across while negotiating contracts. This is important information to know. I meet new writers all the time who assume that copyrights automatically transfer to clients simply because they've paid for the end result. That isn't the case. […]
  • Writers’ Worth Month: Content Mill Conversation with Lori Widmer

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 13, 2015
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    Earlier this year, Lori Widmer stopped by the All Indie Writers Podcast to guest co-host an episode on everyday marketing for freelance writers. Our chat ran long, so some segments had to be cut. That included a ten-minute segment about writing for content mills. We also touched on a simple tactic for finding better gigs and leaving mills behind -- […]
  • Reader Question: Turning Past Samples Into New Income Streams

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 11, 2015
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    Last week I received a reader question from Shirley Gazenski. She's in an interesting position -- torn between past samples in three distinct specialty areas. She wanted to know if I had any advice for her, and she agreed to have my feedback posted here in case any other community members find themselves in a similar position. Let's start with […]
  • This Target Market Mistake Could Cost You Money

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 4, 2015
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    Is your marketing helping you reach the best freelance writing prospects? That depends on your target market and how successful you are at reaching members of that group. That's when you simply take any gig that comes along, whether or not you enjoy the work, whether or not you want your name associated with that client, and whether or not […]
  • 24 Hours to a More Successful Freelance Writing Career

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 20, 2015
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    Freelance writing is largely about the big picture. As you gain experience and build your professional reputation and visibility over time, you earn more money and freelancing becomes a more stable income source. That said, the big picture doesn't motivate everybody. Sometimes you need to see changes now to convince yourself to even stick with this freelancing thing. If that […]
  • Reader Question: Where Freelance Writers Can Find Publications

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 30, 2015
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    Today's reader question comes from Leigh Schrom: "Where do you locate publications that accept freelance work? Is the "Writer's Market" the best source?" Writer's Market is a source, and certainly a place you can start. But while it looks extensive as far as writer's market directories go, the markets there still only represent a small portion of publications that work with freelance writers. […]
  • Reader Question: How Much Should Freelance Writers Charge?

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 16, 2015
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    When you're just getting started as a freelance writer, the issue of rates can be a tricky one. How much should you charge? Should you bill hourly, per word, per project, or under some other rate structure? Should rates vary depending on the type of project? Today's reader question is along these lines. This new freelancer, who asked not to […]